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queen of american fashion be president obama's next big ambassador abroad? >>> and good evening. tonight, we have the news that american home owners have been waiting to hear. the price of the family house is roaring back to life. home prices up more than 6% across the country, and that's the biggest jump in six years. abc's david muir is here to tell us what's ahead and which markets are causing the big stir tonight. david? >> diane, we've been waiting to see a result like this. a jump for years now tracking the housing crisis since it started following families, entire neighborhoods as they waited for a rebound. and today, when we went back to one street, one of the hardest hit in america, we couldn't believe the turnaround. call it an early christmas gift for millions of americans who own homes. tonight, new signs home values are finally on the rise again. the biggest spike, in arizona where home prices are up more than 21%. >> and this is cortis street. >> reporter: perhaps you'll remember our drive through that neighborhood outside phoenix, it was ground zero for the housing crash f
. but president obama, diane, has warned that using those weapons is a red line. >> on the story for us tonight, martha raddatz, thank you, martha. >>> and now, we want to tell you about another turbulent hot spot, so vital to the united states. there is a battle in the streets outside the presidential palace in egypt, again. and abc's nick schifrin is there. >> reporter: tonight, 10,000 egyptians taking the fight over their future to the presidential palace. they want president mohamed morsi, the man they elected, now to be removed for seizing too much power. last night, the same street was a war zone. six killed, 700 injured. the biggest crisis here since egypt, one of america's most important arab allies, overthrew its dictator, hosni mubarak. these very same people filled these same streets two years ago. today, they are chanting the exact same songs, only replacing mubarak's name with morsi's. tonight, morsi refused to give up the absolute power he seized to write a new constitution. one that many here feel doesn't protect the rights and freedoms they fought so hard for. >> he has become l
weeks ago, rice, a tough and smart rising star in the obama administration, was the president's top choice to serve as the next secretary of state. but she drew a lightning storm of republican criticism for repeating talking points from the intelligence community that seemed to critics to downplay the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> what this began as was a spontaneous -- >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting basic answers. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: the president, in a statement today, praised rice, who will stay at her u.n. post. and expressed regret for "the unfair and misleading attacks on her." abc news has learned that before her withdrawal, president obama had concluded that senator john kerry would be a better choice to be the nation's top diplomat. with kerry almost certain to be tapped, sources say former senator chuck hagel, a nebraska republican, seems to today have an edge to be the next defense secretary.
house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america. the great christmas challenge. >> i know, i know your show. >> she knew, and so did thousands of others. tonight, the big reveal. the videos you sent in, the made in america gifts you put under the tree. and the ones that didn't fit. >> merry christmas, david! >> how you're creating joy and jobs this christmas. >>> and caught on tape. the adorable pet dog stolen, about to be sold. you won't believe what happened next and what we witnessed today. >>> good evening on this wednesday night. and we hope you had a merry christmas. diane has a few more nights with her family, and what a night to stay indoors. across much of this country tonight, a massive winter storm and already, the ripple effect being felt coast to coast. the monster storm system stretching from indiana to maine, all the way to north carolina. more than a dozen states under winter watches and warnings this evening. and this is moving fast. nearly a
obama had hoped to begin his family vacation tomorrow, but he's staying in washington because of the wrangling over the fiscal cliff, now 12 days away. and abc's jonathan karl tells us tonight what happened today on the high stakes negotiations. >> reporter: with all the bickering, you'd think they're miles apart. >> my proposal is right there in the middle. >> his plan is not balanced. >> what we have from the speaker is a disastrous plan. >> this president has not come forward with that balanced approach. >> reporter: but in reality, the differences just aren't that great. speaker of the house john boehner has now agreed to do something republicans had said was unthinkable -- raise tax rates on the wealthy. the difference? democrats would raise rates on those making over $400,000 a year. republicans on those making over a million dollars. and president obama has now agreed to something that had been unthinkable for democrats. cutting spending on social security and medicare. programs they've considered untouchable. even when it comes to how much to tax and how much to cut, t
in the wake of tragedy. president obama saying today he will use all the powers of his office to help americans work together to end an epidemic of gun violence in this country. so, what will the president do first? abc's jake tapper was there and questioned the president today. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. after years of what critics charge has been not much discussion and even less action on the issue of addressing gun violence, today, president obama said that the tragedy at sandy hook changed everything, and now focusing on these issues will be at the forefront of his agenda. the president promised action. >> so, i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> reporter: he pledged that his administration would look at the mental health, education, cultural and gun control aspects of this tragedy. and to head the effort, he appointed vice president biden, an author of the 1994 crime bill, which contained a ban on some semiautomatic rifles.
. thanks to you in los angeles. >>> and in washington tonight, president obama is cutting his christmas vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline" special tonight. her sitdown at the white house with the president and the first lady. and tonight here, some rare personal questions answered about their own relationship and their girls. one of whom just got her first cell phone. >> reporter: i want to talk a bit about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it? and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter, at this age, i give her a long rope. you know, a
through spending cuts, and while president obama would not answer questions about the counterproposal -- >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> thank you. >> reporter: -- a senior white house official assailed it as a step backwards saying if republicans do not agree to some higher rates for wealthier taxpayers, the nation will go over the cliff and the american people will hold the republicans responsible. wall street remains optimistic a deal will be struck, so the lack of progress has not yet resulted in a market plunge, but some economists estimate that because of the uncertainty posed by the fiscal cliff, at least 200,000 fewer jobs have been created this year. and, diane, the official deadline for the fiscal cliff is december 31st at midnight when the ball drops in times square, but there's actually another deadline. the house of representatives is scheduled to go on winter break a week from friday, so really there are only 11 days to work out a plan as of now, diane. >> talk about the clock ticking down. thanks so much, jake. >>> and, of course, the president also spoke out
a breathtaking year of change on the issue. president obama, in a switch from 2008, announced his support for gay marriage in a may interview with abc's robin roberts. >> for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: on election day last month, voters approved gay marriage at the ballot box for the first time, after dozens of defeats, when maine, maryland and washington state legalized it. but now, it all comes down to the nine justices of the supreme court, and they are generally conservative on social issues, though they're closely divided. for opponents of gay marriage, the very fabric of our society is at stake. >> the fundamental reason why marriage is treated as a public institution rather than a purely private relationship is because it serves the interest of society and the interest of children. >> reporter: edie windsor thinks it's simpler than all that. if you could talk to the supreme court as they consider this case, what would you tell them? >> it's a marriage that anyone would want, okay, ga
, today, president obama had some big news. for the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter: that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq. and we have designated them, al nusra, as a terrorist organization. and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition. >> reporter: for the president, recognizing the syrian opposition as the legitimate authority in that
. president obama nominated senator john kerry to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. secretary clinton who was still recovering from a concussion, was not there, but in a statement called the pick excellent. president obama's first choice for the job, susan rice withdrew her name after coming under fire about the tragedy in benghazi, libya. >>> now an update on that prison break. two convicted robbers scaling 17 stories with a rope made out of bed sheets. then impossibly hailing a cab to freedom. tonight, a new twist. abc's john schriffen has our story. >> reporter: he pulled off a daring escape from prison, but now joseph "jose" banks is busted. appearing in court this afternoon, after nearly three days on the run. the fbi arresting him late last night in chicago. >> yeah, it's kind of scary. but i thought that they'd, like, go far away. >> reporter: we now know both accomplished bank robbers, joseph banks seen here on surveillance video, broke out of their high-rise federal penitentiary in chicago, using sheets and towels tied in the form of a rope, even stuffing clothes in t
. for the fifth year in a row now, president obama has topped gallup's poll for most admired man. nelson mandela came in second. and secretary of state hillary clinton the most admired woman. first lady michelle obama came in second. >>> and finally tonight, a quote. amazon.com saying, we want to apologize. amazon runs the servers that put netflix offline and those servers crashed one week ago on christmas eve for nearly 20 hours, leaving tens of millions of people on the christmas holiday with no movies. amazon and netflix both working tonight to prevent a repeat performance on new year's. >>> and when we come back here on the broadcast tonight on this new year's eve, we knew about the ball dropping, obviously, but there's something about the confetti we did not know. when we come back. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, hello.... so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious, like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only prov
at stake here, both sides have made big concessions to try to get a deal. president obama has agreed to limit the cost of living increases for people getting koeshl security. somebody retiring this year. that could mean $130 a year by 2013 and less that have. a big deal for democrats. meanwhile from republicans, speaker boehner has agreed to raise tax rates on the wealthy. specifically those making $1 million a year. there are 280,000 people making that much a year. and alex rodriguez, made $30 million. next year alone, he could pay $1.3 million more in taxes. i got to tell you, despite the concessions on both sides there are is pes mismg here about getting to a deal. the officials will work on a backup deal to pursue if all talks collapse. >> well, as least concrete things now on the table. jonathan karl reporting in. >>> and all of us in journalism is happy to report that richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive five days in syr syria. as they wrestle for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha radda raddatz. >> reporter: they ambush bid a do
speaker john boehner, declared a stalemate, while president obama warned that republicans must accept higher taxes on the rich or watch everyone get a tax hike. >> that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> so, what is next? george stephanopoulos is going to sit down with the treasury secretary tim geithner for a reality check on these negotiations, this sunday on "this week." >>> and we head overseas now to israel, and the provocative new announcement there. officials in israel saying they will build 3,000 new israeli homes in jerusalem. the palestinians condemned the announcement. it comes on the heels of that historic vote by the united nations, making palestine an observer state, over the objections of israel and the u.s. >>> and nearby in egypt, tahrir square again filling up with protesters, more than 100,000 at times today, chanting against their president, mohamed morsi, claiming he jammed through a draft of a new constitution, which strengthens the muslim brotherhood against christians and liberals. critics say it would curb the
, now 20 days from today. well, today, speaker of the house john boehner said he and president obama still have serious differences and warned republicans not to make any plans for the holidays. they may be hunkering down in washington, negotiating over christmas. >>> and now, abc's barbara walters is back tonight with another exclusive interview. this time, secretary of state hillary clinton. who is about to leave office, after traveling almost a million miles to nearly 100 countries. and everyone asking, does she still dream of the presidency? barbara is here right now. barbara? >> reporter: and that is the question, diane. as hillary clinton winds down her time as secretary of state, traveling the globe, we sat down together and i asked her that question, that's on everybody's mind. what's next? what most people are asking now about you is, will you consider running for president in 2016? would you just like to make your declaration now? we could conclude this interview. >> well, that would be fascinating, to me, as well as everyone else. you know, i've said i really don't believe
big concessions to try to get a deal. president obama has agreed to limit the annual cost of living increases for people getting social security. somebody retiring this year. that could mean $130 less a year by 2015 and less after that. a big deal for democrats. they always said that social security was untouchable. meanwhile from republicans, speaker boehner has agreed to raise tax rates on the wealthy. specifically those making $1 million a year. there are 280,000 people making that much a year. some of them are small business owners. others are people like alex rodriguez. he made $30 million. next year alone, he could pay $1.3 million more in taxes. i got to tell you, despite the concessions on both sides there is increasing pessimism here about getting to a deal. in fact, the republicans are working on a backup plan to pursue if all talks with the white house collapse. >> well, at least the first reports of some concrete things now on the table. jonathan karl reporting in. >>> and all of us in journalism were relieved today to learn that our friend, veteran reporter richard enge
. the average american household would see their tax bill go up nearly $3,500. this evening, president obama telling congress, the american people are watching what we're doing here. he appeared in the briefing room a short time ago. let's go right to jon carl tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are finally signs of life here in washington. after meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house, the president pronounced himself modestly optimistic that a bipartisan agreement can finally be struck that would prevent taxes from going up on virtually everybody in just four days. after meeting with the congressional leaders, the president said there would be one more effort to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically, self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: there are signs of progress. mitch mcconnell and harry reid have agreed to spend the next 24 hours trying to come to a bipartisan agreement on a small
at half-staff as today president obama addressed the nation. tearing up as he talked about the grieving parents and their small children. >> the majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> as we have said all day, we have met people that remind us what teachers do, how much they care even in the face of terror and i sat down with a first grade teacher at that school, kaitlin roig, she heard gun fire, large windows exposed her cla classroom so she managed to rush 15 small children into a tiny bathroom to try to save their lives. >> i put one of my students on top, i knew we had to get in there, i told them it's going to be okay. you'll be all right. i pulled a book shelf in front of it so we were completely barricaded in. i turned the lights off. >> reporter: did you tell them to be quiet? did you worry -- >> i told them to be quiet, absolutely quiet. because i was just so afraid if he came in and hear us and start shooting
. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaiian vacation, where storm clouds, real storm clouds, are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sure sounds that way. >> i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: vice president biden made a rare appearance in the senate, not to negotiate -- >> i do. >> congratulations, senator. >> reporter: but to swear in a new democratic senator from hawaii. a vote the white house will need if the senate ever gets around to voting on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. in the house, even less going on. the only hopeful words, from the house chaplain, looking for some divine help. >> as this chamber lies silent, still, we pray for hope. >> reporter: without agreement soon, nearly everybody takes a hit. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary
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